You’d think dying would be a breeze,
but what is it that makes a body linger
when the pulse beneath your finger
is weak and thready. Enough already!
A strong woman battles for life,
beloved mother, grandmother and wife,
waiting to rest in peace!

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016
For dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille Monday # 10: “Breeze”


43 thoughts on “CHRISTINE’S DILEMMA

  1. Been through it with
    a baby too.. of 51 days..
    Life is never
    fair wHole
    but alWays
    worth iT iN
    Breeze oF
    dArk and liGht..
    but with modern
    medicine.. one can
    understand better
    the gift of short
    of medical death..
    It’s always relative
    but more relative
    when it’s
    and to be
    clear.. i am not
    presuming.. juSt
    responding from
    the inspiRaTioN thEse
    words bRinG mE noW..:)

  2. I think dying can be very difficult. I read your note over in the comment section and I am sorry to hear about your trying day! I think people cross to the other plane when that moment comes. We know not that exact moment when the heart stops and one transcends. Wishing you and your family peace at this difficult time.

  3. This is so heart touching. I am sorry for this and wish you and your family peace at this time. 44 words bespeaking so much pain – it makes it even more of an intense write.

  4. So much here in 44 words. Thoughts are with you Walt. The living through dying is a difficult process for all. My hope — there are angels along the way.

  5. Oh wow. This cuts straight to it. The body doesn’t like to give up easily. It hits hard, but I think it’s brilliant nonetheless. The rhythm and rhyme is just… Womderful

  6. The same question Hamlet pondered. The fear of “The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns”? Ties with life still too strong? Only the dying know.

    Such a sad difficult time. Wishing you lots of strength, Walt.

  7. It is so difficult to watch someone you love slowly fade away. I think releasing some emotion and frustration through writing is a very healthy way to respond to it. My heart goes out to you and your family.


    1. Thanks Mish. It is frustrating watching her rapid decline. She’s experiencing “sundowners” and is non-responsive and confused, more now that night is falling. I appreciate your wishes and support.

  8. “A strong woman fights for life”/”waiting to rest in peace”. Those two lines really got me. I think that equally applies to those around the bedside…a wish for our loved one to be at peace, but knowing that their release will be heartache for us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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